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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 14 May 1952Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Byrne is an Oscar winning composer, songwriter and singer, best known for being frontman of the New Wave/punk band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Born in Scotland but raised in the United States in Maryland, Byrne began performing musically in high school.

Byrne attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for a year and the Maryland Institute College of Art for another before dropping out in 1972 to start a band called The Artistics with Chris Frantz, whom he knew at the RISD. The band soon broke up, and after they moved to New York with Frantz's girlfriend Tina Weymouth, the three started performing as Talking Heads in 1975. The band was one of the major acts of the New Wave in the 1970s.

Byrne won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for his soundtrack to the movie The Last Emperor (1987) in 1988, the same year Talking Heads ceased to function. Except for a brief reunion in 1991, the band stopped recording together in '88 as Byrne launched a solo career. Talking Heads were inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (1)

Adelle Lutz (18 July 1987 - 2004) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (5)

Edgy persona
Black hair (when he was younger)
Dark staring eyes
Over-sized suit
Unusual dancing on stage

Trivia (14)

Former member of the Talking Heads, which broke up in 1989.
Has never taken out US citizenship although he has lived in the U.S. since he was a child.
Born in Scotland, but was raised in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Ex-brother-in-law of the late Tina Chow, a fashion icon of the 1980s, and Michael Chow.
Father, with Adelle Lutz, of daughter Malu Valentine (born in 1990).
Uncle of actress China Chow and Maximillian Chow.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 as a member of the Talking Heads.
Translated into English, the title of his 1989 album "Rei Momo" means "King of Carnival."
Attended Lansdowne High School in Baltimore, Maryland
Attended the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970, where he met fellow Talking Heads members, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, who were already a couple. He formed a band called The Artistics with Frantz but they broke up when Byrne transferred after two semesters to the Maryland Institute College of Art. He also attended there for two semesters after which he dropped out of college for good. He remained friends with Frantz and Weymouth and the trio collectively moved together to New York City in 1973. Unable to find a willing bass player for their forming band, Byrne and Frantz persuaded Weymouth to learn the bass guitar. The band had their first gig in 1975.
The Talking Heads' trademark song, "Psycho Killer", was inspired by a phrase used by his art school friend, Barbara Conway. She used the phrase, "psycho killer", to describe things she thought were cool. Conway was murdered by a female stalker in the 1980s.
Attended the Rhode Island School of Design at the same time as director Gus Van Sant.
His sister, Celia, is an epidemiologist specializing in breast cancer.
When he was two years old, his parents moved the family to Hamilton, Ontario. Byrne lived in that area until he was 8 or 9 and then moved to Maryland, where he stayed until college.

Personal Quotes (3)

When you have a little bit more sales and popularity, as Talking Heads did then, you could say, "Oh, can we have this kind of lighting or can we do a video on our day off?" And people would appear and make it happen. So I miss a little bit of that ease of getting things done but I don't miss arenas. That terrified me. When it got to a certain scale the audience became this abstract mass and you started to lose that connection. Other people can deal with that but I can't.
You knew that as Bush (George W. Bush) left the economy was in tatters and people were going to be out of jobs and out of homes. I thought, "People are going to be pissed off real soon and whatever's closest at hand they'll blame it." And, God forbid, they're not going to blame themselves for voting for George Bush and the guys whose policies got them into this mess. Poor Barack Obama is going to have to take the stick for everything that went before.
I feel like if you license a song to a television show or a film, people understand that the song is a quotation. With me they often pick some classic song that's representative of an era or a mood and it's an easy way for them to instantly push some buttons with an audience. But with an advert it's a little bit different because then people assume that you are endorsing whatever it is. And also it gets played over and over and over again and it really tends to cement the link. And you think, "Oh, that's the song from the Toyota commercial", as opposed to, "This is the song he wrote when his girlfriend died." I'm not ready for that!

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